John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. currently serves as Senior Advisor and Strategist to the President at Harvard University where he previously served “President in Residence” at the Harvard Graduate School of Education conducting research for a book about the future of American higher education with an emphasis on the nation’s historically black colleges and universities.
Wilson served as the 11th President of Morehouse College where he led a team to successfully increase applications, stabilize and expand enrollment, and elevate the graduation rate. His new embrace of students helped to shape the College’s fourth Rhodes Scholar in 2016, and his creative work with Silicon Valley executives helped lead Forbes Magazine to name Morehouse as the 5th Most Entrepreneurial College in 2015. For the first time in its history, Morehouse College hosted a sitting President of the United States when President Barack Obama served as commencement speaker in 2013.
Prior to his leadership of Morehouse, Wilson served as the executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs; Associate Professor of higher education in the Graduate School of Education at George Washington University and the Executive Dean of GW’s Virginia Campus; and served for 16 years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in various roles ultimately as Assistant Provost and director of Foundation Relations.
Wilson received a Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College, a Master of Theological Studies degree from the Harvard Divinity School, and both a Master and Doctoral degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.